Easter Garden Hat
- Use a sun hat as a base, or make your own using cardboard:
- Cut a rectangle and secure into a cylinder with tape or staples.
- Trace a circle the same size as the cylinder in the centre of the hat base.
- Cut from the centre of the base to the small circle and bend the cardboard tabs up (should look like pieces of a pie).
- Centre the cylinder on top of the plate and attach the cut tabs to the inside of the cylinder with tape.
- Secure the hat to your child’s head from each side of the hat (through a hole) using elastic or ribbons to tie under the chin.
- Paint the hat and cover in faux flowers (either plastic, or made using cardboard and paper). You could also add cardboard grass (see grass hat example).
Bunny Ears Hat
- Make a hat using a cardboard rectangle and secure with staples, tape, ribbon or elastic.
- Cut out two rabbit ear shapes and attach to the hat with staples or tape. If they are too floppy, you might have to use stiff cardboard as a base, or attach an ice block stick to the inside of the ear.
Easter Grass Hat
- Make a hat using a cardboard rectangle.
- Cut the long edge of the rectangle to look like grass and paint green.
- Attach fake or paper flowers to toothpicks and tape to the inside of the hat.
- Add garden decorations such as paper Easter eggs, chickens, flowers, butterflies or bunnies nestled in the grass.
- Secure the hat with staples, tape, ribbon or elastic.
Easter Nest Hat
- Make a base for the nest using stiff cardboard:
- Cut a circle using a plate as a guide, and paint green, yellow, or light brown.
- Cut a small hole in the middle of the circle to make room for the crown of the child’s head.
- Attach a wide ribbon to each side of the cardboard (through a hole) to tie under the chin.
- Top the cardboard circle with shredded tissue paper.
- Top the hat with a faux bird (secure to a stick and wedge in the nest) and add a few small faux eggs.
My big tip is to make sure that the hat is sturdy enough to survive to-and-from school and knocking about in the Easter Hat Parade. Look at my little cutie! I put these hats together to show you how easy it can be to make at home with very little expense.
Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville